WACO, Texas – The Texas Farm Bureau's Agriculture Research and Education Foundation today announced it has received a donation of $50,000 from CoBank and Farm Credit Bank of Texas to aid the state's farmers and ranchers as they work to recover and rebuild following Hurricane Harvey.
Homes, crops and livestock were devastated by high winds and flooding throughout the state, impacting both lives and livelihoods. In response, Texas Farm Bureau established a relief fund specifically to support agricultural producers. One hundred percent of donations made to the fund will be dispersed directly to farmers and ranchers located in the counties that have been designated as disaster areas by the federal government for this event.
"Texas farm and ranch families are hurting," Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening said. "Rebuilding will be costly and we know this will be a long recovery, but with the help of generous donors like CoBank and Farm Credit Bank of Texas, we will recover."
CoBank and Farm Credit Bank of Texas are members of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture, rural infrastructure and rural communities. The Farm Credit System is the oldest and largest source of financing for rural America and has a long history of supporting rural communities when the need is greatest.
"It is difficult to grasp the full scope of damage caused by Hurricane Harvey," said Tom Halverson, CoBank's president and chief executive officer. "The impact of this disaster will be felt for years to come, but CoBank is committed to supporting the Texas ag industry as it begins the process of recovery. CoBank stands with the people of Texas and is proud to join the Texas Farm Bureau and our partner, Farm Credit Bank of Texas, to support them in this difficult time."
"Hurricane Harvey directly impacted hundreds of Farm Credit members and their families across South, East and Central Texas. As a cooperative that is owned by farmers and ranchers, Farm Credit Bank of Texas welcomes this opportunity to partner with CoBank and the Texas Farm Bureau to help agricultural producers in their recovery efforts," said Larry Doyle, Farm Credit Bank of Texas chief executive officer.